Jerusalem Municipality Insists: No Funding for Special-Ed Aides in Chareidi Schools
By Yechiel Sever
Education officials both in and outside of Jerusalem had harsh reactions after the Jerusalem Municipality callously decided not to restore funding used to provide aides for handicapped children enrolled in mainstreaming programs at chareidi schools, funding that was provided for years in the capital and remains in place in other cities. The outrageous move comes in addition to the budget cut for special-education bussing.
The Education Ministry said the Jerusalem Municipality unilaterally decided to cut the funding for school aides in chareidi schools — including municipal kindergartens — a policy that affected blind, Down Syndrome and wheelchair-bound children.
Several months ago municipality clerks decided chareidi handicapped children would receive only 70 percent of Education Ministry funding. Objections from parents bowing under the financial burden of expenses for their handicapped children fell on deaf ears.